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Old 06-25-2009, 09:44 PM   #1
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Do these things really suck or what? I used a BB w/spigot for my secondary for the first time. When I was ready to rack to the keg, I opened the spigot and the brew barely flowed out of the spigot. Would have taken hrs to empty 5g into the keg. Finally gave up and siphoned. What's the deal? Am I missing something or do they just suck?
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:16 PM   #2
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Some like them, some don't . . . I am in the "they suck" category. I use the auto siphon instead. However slow it was, it would not have been hours, but the siphon broke very far from the end and then it was impossible to finish.

 
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:23 PM   #3
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Do these things really suck or what? I used a BB w/spigot for my secondary for the first time. When I was ready to rack to the keg, I opened the spigot and the brew barely flowed out of the spigot. Would have taken hrs to empty 5g into the keg. Finally gave up and siphoned. What's the deal? Am I missing something or do they just suck?
Did you attach a hose to the spigot? You need one to get some siphoning action going. Otherwise it will just dribble out.

I wish all my BBs had spigots, they work great for me. By tilting the bottle at the very end, I'm able to get every drop of clear beer and leave all the trub behind.

 
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Old 06-26-2009, 01:16 AM   #4
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Stoopid question, but did you take the airlock off before you opened the spigot? Otherwise, the suction is trying to pull air thru the airlock and no joy... Just guess how I learned that?

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I have been using my for almost a year and I love it... As BlindLemonLars said, you get pretty much all of the clear beer easily...
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Old 06-26-2009, 04:36 PM   #5
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Yes, I had a hose attached, and yes, I had the airlock out. Think I'll stick with siphoning. Too bad I have 2 5's and 1 6 with spigots.
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Old 06-26-2009, 05:03 PM   #6
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Was the spigot clogged?... did you tilt the racking arm to miss the trub before starting? Are you sure the valve was open all the way (when you pull the ring to open the valve, it can stop halfway and you think it's all the way open, but it's not). I have spigots on all my BBs (2 primaries and 2 secondaries) and never had a problem. Yeah, they're way overpriced, but they work great for me.
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Old 06-26-2009, 05:17 PM   #7
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Yeah, they're way overpriced, but they work great for me.
+1 on both counts...they are obscenely priced! They work great though, and are a nice luxury. I hate siphoning, but these things are a joy to use...I only have to sanitize a short length of hose and the vessel I'm racking to. Plus you can turn the dip-tube to sit just above the trub.

Nicotine, something is wrong! Like Mensch says, it's either clogged or not open all the way. The beer should flow just as fast as an auto-siphon.

 
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Old 06-26-2009, 05:20 PM   #8
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OK, I'll give em another shot on the next brew. (Centennial Blond)
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Old 06-26-2009, 08:19 PM   #9
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They are WAY too expensive. I buy the bottles (6g) for about $25. The spigot assy is another $40. I have one spigot, and that is the only one I will ever get.

The spigot is way to hard to open, also, Takes two hands.

 
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Old 06-26-2009, 08:35 PM   #10
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i paid three bucks for a spigot drilled a hole in the bucket and put the spigot in the hole.The flow was fine too until it got clogged with hops. I plan to remedy this situation by putting an angled screen in the bottling bucket. I bottling the beer rather than kegging it so i had a bottle filler attached which slowed it to some degree.

I am really not sure we are talking about the same thing but i don't know what else it could be. It was a three dollar piece of plastic with an o ring on either side to seal it. assembly was easy.

It was easy to clean, i just blasted it with the hose and then ran some sanitizer through. I don't understand why people are so down on spigots.

 
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